The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered through Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks ArtSpace and Project Row Houses, and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces the 2012 The Idea Fund Grantees. The following ten Texas-based artists or artist groups will receive $4,000 ($3,500 for the awarded project, plus $500 seed money for future work) to create and showcase projects in the coming year: Scott Gleeson & Dane Larsen; Carrie Schneider; Michelle Benaim Steiner, Lope Gutierrez Ruiz, & Alexander Wright; Aaron Dubrow, Xochi Solis, Jules Buck Jones, Drew Liverman, Scott Eastwood, Margit Raczkowski, Timothy Schmidt & Carlos Rosales-Silva; Alejandro Saenz Jr. (Kingspoint Crew); Lakes Were Rivers collective; Ariel Evans & Richard Yanas; Nestor Topchy & Robert Rosenburg; Lauren Woods; and Christina Sukhgian Houle. Full descriptions of the funded projects are listed below.
Of the more than 170 applications submitted to The Idea Fund from across Texas, these ten were selected by The Idea Fund Panelists as projects that most exemplify artistic practices that fall outside the traditional frameworks of support, one of the main requirements of the grant. This year’s panelists were: Kate Hackman (Co-Director, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, Mo.), J. Hill (Houston-based artist and former recipient of Idea Fund grant), Noah Simblist (Austin/Dallas-based artist, curator and writer; and associate professor of art at SMU), and Michelle White (curator at The Menil Collection).
The Idea Fund is the second re-granting initiative of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, following the pilot program, Alternative Exposure, administrated by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA. The Idea Fund is structured to provide artists with quick access to substantial financial support for projects that might not otherwise have access to funding.